Ever feel like life is spinning too fast? Like you can’t quite catch your breath? Are you walking thru your day and feeling as though no matter what you do, you can’t get in front of the next set of tasks?
Guess what? It’s time to chill.
We all need rest. I have had to learn the hard way that playing the role of superwoman is unhealthy to say the least. But try telling that to this imaginary set of standards that many of us place on ourselves.
As a card carrying member of the doing too much club, here are a few tidbits I’d like to share for those of my particular clan:
1. Being “over busy” is not something to aspire to or brag about.
There was a time I used to admire when people would pull out their calendars and work to fit in as many things as the pages could hold. Admired it so much in fact that I became one of those people in high school and kept it up in college. I became consumed by time and the management of it. Crushing all of those things into my schedule didn’t really make me happier. What it did was leave me anxious all the time feeling guilty for not being able to be present for EVERYTHING. Not a good look.
2. Rest is not a luxury or an indulgence.
I truly believe that women particularly struggle with this one. We shouldn’t think of rest as something we try to squeeze into our days. It is a primary activity of th day. So grab that book, find a comfy spot and drift off to that restful place instead of trying to squeeze in one final task list item.
3. Remaining in overdrive mode is dangerous.
When you push a car hard without taking care of maintenance you run into all kinds of trouble. Honestly, most of us wouldn’t even consider neglecting our vehicles. However, we push our bodies past the limit everyday. We skip meals, cut our sleep cycles short, neglect our exercise and meditation practice for the sake of fitting in more work time. Brilliant right? 🙄
4. Sacrificing Sleep Puts You Behind, Not Ahead.
I shouldn’t have to explain this one but we all seem to fall victim to this one from time to time. The sooner we learn that the world will keep spinning even if we need to take a nap or take a day off because we worked late three nights this week, the better our lives will be.
5. It’s Okay Not To Do Everything.
There are lots of good and worthy causes out in the world. It’s okay not to get involved in ALL of them. There is value in focusing charitable and volunteer efforts on one to two causes. Time has also taught me that it’s important to keep a handle on how much of our energy we put into our activities. We MUST take time to recharge. If we give it all away we leave nothing for the causes we care about or worst we give them less than our best.
We all could stand a little more chill time. Listen for the clues next time you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Lubbock, Texas. For more information on her current projects visit https://about.me/MCyoungblood.